Johnny Manziel text to Browns: 'Hurry up and draft me'
Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel was understandably growing impatient as he sat in the green room last week at the NFL Draft waiting for his name to be called.
So Manziel sent Browns quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains a text message in an attempt to speed up the process of his eventual selection with the 22nd overall pick.
During a radio interview on ESPN Arkansas 96.3, Loggains said Manziel sent him a text that said: "I wish you guys would come get me. Hurry up and draft me because I want to wreck this league together."
"When I got that text, I forwarded it to the owner (Jimmy Haslam) and to the head coach (Mike Pettine)," Loggains said. "I'm like, 'This guy wants to be here. He wants to be part of it.' As soon as that happened, Mr. Haslam said, 'Pull the trigger. We're trading up to go get this guy.'"
The Browns traded with the Philadelphia Eagles to move up to No. 22, sending a third-round pick to Philadelphia for the chance to draft Manziel. According to Loggains, the team tried to move up to No. 11 with the Tennessee Titans and No. 16 with the Dallas Cowboys in the draft.
"Mr. Haslam and Coach Pettine had called me down to the draft room a couple of times throughout the night, and we had almost made trades with Tennessee and Dallas and backed out,'' Loggains said.